Last weekend, I headed up to Asheville, NC to the Ridgecrest Conference center to be one of the speakers at the Becoming Conference. My friend, Jen, helped start this conference 4 years and it’s a women’s conference focused on frugal, purposeful, and creative living. It’s not a blog conference at all, but a women’s conference. Great little conference for getting away with the girls. I think lots of church groups come together and attend this conference as a women’s group. I knew several of the speakers this year and it was great to connect and catch up with all of them again.
Asheville is such a pretty place to visit and even though it was rainy and drizzly almost the whole time we were there, we still enjoyed the mountain scenery. Ridgecrest is a conference facility that hosts lots of church groups and it had been well over 10 years since I last visited the place. They’ve updated it with new buildings and we stayed in the Mountain Laurel new wing.
It’s up on a hill with some nice views of the surrounding mountains.
With rock accents it fits right in the mountain scenes.
Blooming hydrangeas on the grounds, couldn’t help but notice those.
Mountains in the background across from the conference center. There’s nothing like the Smoky Mountains.
I was one of the decorating speakers and had fun talking to my groups. KariAnne with Thistlewood Farms was also a speaker, sharing decorating ideas as well. I rode up with Laura, from Top This Top That and we had a fun time visiting and hanging out together. Girl time is always fun, isn’t it?
Opening up the conference, there was an opening speaker who was really funny and then we had all days classes on Saturday.
Not a great pic with my iphone, but my friend, Edie from Life in Grace, was there talking about the well-loved home. Always enjoy being around Edie, with her bubbly personality. There were some wonderful speakers and I was happy to be among them.
My session was on Finding your Decorating Style and I took some props from home for a little vignette and inspiration. It was so fun to meet many of my readers. Thanks to all of you who came and introduced yourselves!
We couldn’t leave Asheville without eating at Tupelo Honey, one of my fave restaurants ever. I discovered this tasty place a couple of years ago and haven’t forgotten it yet. I had goat cheese ravioli and when I posted this Instagram pic on my Facebook page, most of the comments were, YUCK, that looks terrible! It might look weird, but it sure did taste good with all those veggies and broth. I ate every bite!
After Tweeting Tupelo Honey and asking them about the rumor that they are coming to Atlanta, they tweeted me back and said they are coming to Sandy Springs in 2015. I’ll be on the lookout for sure!
Just wanted to give you all a little update of the conference I went to and a sneak peek of Asheville. It’s such a fun town!